On Call Innovation Conversation

Harkness and Healthcare: Canadian Harkness Fellowship 2017-2018

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Un service d'interprétation simultanée en français sera offert pour cette séance.



Did you know?

  • Established in 1925, the Harkness Fellowships were modeled after the Rhodes Scholarships and aim to produce the next generation of health policy leaders in the eight participating countries -- Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
  • CFHI has brought a uniquely Canadian perspective to the program since 2001 and, in 2012, began co-funding a full-time Canadian Harkness Fellowship.
  • The Canadian Harkness Fellowship Award enables talented Canadians to participate in the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice, a core program of The Commonwealth Fund's International Program in Health Policy and Innovation.

Consider this …

The Government of Canada has set out an ambitious health agenda for 2016‒17. Priority areas include making health service delivery more efficient, adopting innovative practices to improve access and outcomes for patients, and taking important policy actions to help Canadians lead healthier lives.

CFHI’s long-standing partnership with the Commonwealth Fund is a clear example of how we’re working to address these priority areas. Both organizations are committed to addressing critical issues on the health policy agenda. Together, we sponsor the Harkness Fellowships program.

This year, CFHI and the Commonwealth Fund strongly encourage applications from prospective Fellows interested in addressing the following Canadian health and healthcare priority areas: Indigenous health, healthcare innovation, homecare and/or palliative care, high-need/high-cost patients, pharmacare and pharmaceutical policy that improves access to necessary prescription medications.

Be part of the conversation!

This informative On Call session, led and hosted by Stephen Samis, CFHI’s Vice President of Programs, will include perspectives from the Commonwealth Fund and first-hand experiences of a Canadian Harkness fellow.

Join us to learn:

  • How CFHI is bringing a Canadian perspective to the Harkness Fellowship Program
  • The benefits of a Canadian Harkness Fellowship in furthering your career
  • What you can do to prepare and apply for the 2017/2018 Harkness Fellowship


Robin Osborn PhotoRobin Osborn, Vice-president and Director of The Commonwealth Fund's International Health Policy and Practice Innovations program
In her current role, Robin is responsible for the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice, the Fund's annual International Symposium on Health Policy, annual international health policy surveys of 11 countries, and ongoing comparisons of health systems data.

Prior to joining the Commonwealth Fund in 1997, Robin was director of fellowship programs at the Association for Health Services Research (now AcademyHealth), where she directed the Picker/Commonwealth Scholars Program and served as deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program. While living in London from 1986-1992, she held management positions at BUPA, the largest private health insurer in the United Kingdom.

Eyal Cohen PhotoDr. Eyal Cohen, Associate Scientist, SickKids Research Institute
Dr. Cohen completed his medical training at the University of Toronto in 2000. He trained in pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children and Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, Australia, and spent 2015-2016 as the Commonwealth Fund/Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice at Stanford University.

Dr. Cohen co-founded the Complex Care Program in the Division of Pediatric Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto with cross-appointments in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Faculty of Nursing. 


Stephen Samis PhotoStephen Samis, Vice-President, Programs, CFHI

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